Asserting the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa New Zealand: 1840–1960s
This chapter focuses on the assertion of the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa/New Zealand. First discovered by Maori, Aotearoa/New Zealand had been their home for hundreds of years before the British began to visit and eventually claim sovereignty of the lands via a treaty of cession that was steeped in a Discovery mindset. The chapter discusses the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and traverses the early case law.
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